SammyPhoto

I am obsessed with creating images by recording light. I express my artistic vision through the scientific process of creating photographs. True artistic freedom is capturing the beauty of the nude body. I attempt to document the empty space as well as convey an appreciation of the landscapes we all see everyday.
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After dark at the Ventura county fair

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I love the county fair, it offers not only many activities but various colors and themes as well. The ferris wheel is one of the most popular rides for a few reasons, it’s fun and very colorful.

Title: Big Top
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


The big slide is like a rainbow with flashing lights, very fun to watch.

Title: Fast trax
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


Swing rides always have interesting art all over them, this one happens to focus on the mountains of California. Perhaps to simulate what it would be like to fly through the cold mountain air.

Title: Sunset behind the swing around
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


The swing in motion, glowing bright red as dusk sets.

Title: Swing around in motion
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5

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Morning walk

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Shooting macro is one of my favorite ways to capture photos, and this pink flower is one of my recent favorites.

Title: Hot pink flower in bloom
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


There is a lot of detail in macro photos, as you can see with this butterfly and it’s fuzzy wings.

Title: Morning moth
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Often times in nature you’ll find the most interesting color combinations like this purple and white flower, which really catches the eye in front of bright green grass.

Title: Macro flowers
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Catching the morning dew can be difficult at times, but today I managed to come across this three leaf clover with a few drops on it.

Title: Lucky clover
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

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Sneaker wave

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The remnants of Hurricane Iselle were showing even weeks after the storm ended with strong violent waves called “sneaker waves”. These waves have incredible force behind them forcing them to break at a high peak.

Title: Sneaker wave
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


The wind was calm on this day, but the waves were absolutely violent, often turning foamy before hitting land.

Title: Teal blue pacific ocean
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


Despite the illusion, these waves were easily 6 to 7 feet high.

Title: Coastal wave
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


Witnessing the shoreline being taken over is quite a sight to see. At a moments notice there could be a wave with such large force it reaches the dunes, and at times these waves were breaking right at the hill causing a dramatic splash effect.

Title: Wave train breaking on the shoreline
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6

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Look at the little things

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It’s time to take a look at nature upclose because there is more that meets the eye. In this case it’s a very thin film of silk that a spider has carefully plaid on this succulent.

Title: Simple succulent
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


With technology at our finger tips, it’s easy to forget that nature has many colors to offer. For example this flower is a mixture of blue and purple, which is very soothing to the eye.

Title: Love in vain
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Snails are attracted to all kinds of plants, especially ones that are bright like this one.

Title: Snail on a yellow blossom
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


It’s easy to miss but spider webs can be some of the most beautiful works of art that nature can offer. While it seems random, there is a purpose for the weaves and zig zags that spiders form.

Title: Shapes of a spider web
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

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Early morning macro

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These pictures were taken in the morning when the dew was fresh, and all the animals were starting to come out. I managed to capture this snail crawling over the grass, quite possibly looking for some food.

Title: Good morning snail
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


The morning dew makes even the most common grass look absolutely stunning and vibrant.

Title: Morning moss
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


Looking at snails upclose offers an insight into their daily lives, which can be at a slow pace and often hanging around grass or plants, but still very interesting.

Title: Little snail
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter


This daisy was a sight for sore eyes among all the bright greenery. The yellow contrasts the morning colors quite nicely.

Title: Bright yellow daisy
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4x diopter

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Velella

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Velella’s are very unique sea creatures (Hydrozoa to be exact) that I found washed up on the beach recently. This one caught my eye instantly due to the range of colors from clear to dark blue.

Title: Sea raft
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6 


As you can see, Velella’s are transparent at top with what looks like a fin, but is actually a wing that helps them sail across oceans. Sometimes they get stranded on the beach and have no way of getting back to the ocean.

Title: By-the-wind sailor
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


It’s easy to miss a Velella at first glance but once you notice the vibrant blue bottom, it’s hard to look away.

Title: Purple sail
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6 


This is what happens when a Velella is left in the sun for too long, it turns transparent and almost crispy.

Title: Little transparent sail
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6

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labor day at the beach

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Happy labor day! Enjoy some photo’s from my day at the beach.

Title: Beach lifeguard stand
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6 

Title: Sweet blue sky
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6

Title: Labor day seascape
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6 

Title: Square trees
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6v

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Surreal sea

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Different lenses can make usual landscapes look extraordinary. This day was great to test out my lensbaby due to how many clouds there were in the sky, and the contrast it provides making the palm trees really pop out.

Title: West coast dreamer
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6 


Clouds over the ocean are always a sight to see, and today was exceptionally beautiful with fluffy clouds floating over the Anacapa Islands.

Title: Dreamy island
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


Due to the recent hurricane over the Hawaiian islands, we are getting the remnants of the storm which has caused some rather large waves, even getting up to 20 feet!

Title: Rough ocean waters
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6 


After a few weeks of calm, we are back to large foamy waves and high tides.

Title: Sleepy seashore
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6

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Butterflies up close


Butterflies have the ability to glow because their wings are so thin, allowing the sun to shrine through and create extremely vibrant colors.

Title: Monarch butterfly nectaring
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


The Buckeye Butterfly is absolutely beautiful, especially when still. You can see the rustic colors of the wings with the tips lighting up in bright oranges and white shades.

Title: Buckeye with a broken wing
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


Some Butterflies have darker colors to blend in with their surroundings, but this white flower makes it hard to hide. Pollinating is an important key to this butterflies lifestyle and camouflage is the least of it’s concern.

Title: Black butterfly & White flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


These Butterflies are attracted by bright plants, and often times several of them will swarm one single flower. The Butterfly on the left has a very dark color scheme with mostly black wings and some very light blues scattered throughout. It’s almost a neon color.

Title: Atala & Zebra Longwing sharing a flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 2x diopter

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Beautiful dreamer

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Wind is a powerful force that can change landscapes, create intense sounds and lift a person off their feet. Remember to hold on when the gust arrives!

Title: Blow me away just like a warm wind
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Falling to earth may seem dangerous but when it’s in a beautiful place like this, fear is replaced with excitement.

Title: Smile and watch it slowly fall, fall, fall
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The lady in the water is a reflection of how people and nature can intermingle so peacefully.

Title: Beautiful dreamer
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8